ERIC Number: ED464031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
"How I Spent My Summer Vacation": Time-Use Data from the Spring 2001 BCTF Worklife of Teachers Workload Issues and Stress Survey. BCTF Research Report.
Schaefer, Anne C.
The British Columbia Teachers' Federation surveyed 1,500 teachers regarding workload issues and stress. This report examines teachers' use of time during summer. Teachers described how many of the 9 summer vacation weeks they spent taking holidays, teaching summer school, working in employment other than teaching summer school, taking educational courses, volunteering, preparing for the upcoming school year, and engaging in other activities. Few teachers used all 9 weeks as traditional holidays. About one-quarter took 2 weeks of holiday or less in the summer, more than one-third took 3 weeks or less, and most used 58 percent of the summer vacation as holidays. Younger teachers took less vacation time than older teachers. Newer teachers were the most likely to take the shortest holidays. Low salaries and the high cost of living in British Columbia drove many teachers into summer work. One teacher in six spent part of the summer in the classroom, and one in eight spent some time volunteering. Nearly three-quarters spent at least 1 summer week preparing for the upcoming school year. The study showed a relationship between not taking adequate time off in the summer and certain negative health effects (e.g., fatigue, isolation, and health problems.) (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Stress Variables, Teaching Conditions, Time Management
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Teachers' Federation, Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada